Parents and Families
We're glad you're here!
Parents and family members are important partners in supporting student success at Western Washington University. New Student Services/Family Outreach (NSSFO) provides outreach and services to help strengthen students and families' connection to Western, including a monthly newsletter, family resources, and an annual family weekend event in the fall. Explore the resources on this page to learn more about our campus community and stay involved in your student's experience at Western!
First-Generation Family Toolkit
Based on feedback from first-generation students, we've learned that many would feel more supported if their families had a better understanding of the college experience.
We invite you to check-out the toolkit to find all the tools you need to help your student succeed at Western.
Explore ways for parents and families to stay connected to the Western community below:
- WWU Family Connection is a monthly e-newsletter sent to all families of current students. If you haven't received your copy and would like to get on the list, update your contact information.
- Community members, family and friends of Western Washington University students may sign up for Western Alert, Western's emergency response notification system.
- Want to stay on top of what's happening at Western Washington University? Sign up to receive daily Western Today emails.
Coffee, Tea and Family
Family Outreach Office Hours are available to parents/families of new and current students.
New Student Services/Family Outreach has virtual office hours available for families each week in Zoom. Sign up for Coffee, Tea and Family, a 30-minute one-on-one appointment with NSSFO's Family Outreach Manager to ask questions, learn about campus support services and resources, and about available tools and opportunities to keep you connected with Western.
Upcoming Holidays & Breaks
Fall Quarter 2023
First Day of Classes: Sept. 27
- Veterans Day: Nov. 10
- Thanksgiving Break: Nov 22 - 26
- Winter Break: Dec. 16 - Jan. 8
Winter Quarter 2024
First Day of Classes: Jan. 9
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 15
- Presidents Day: Feb. 19
- Spring Break: Mar. 23 - April 1
Spring Quarter 2024
First Day of Classes: April 2
- Memorial Day: May 27
- Summer Break: June 15 - 24
- Juneteenth: June 19
Counseling, Health, & Wellness Services - Be Well WWU!
The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) provides clinical services and wellness programs to support your student's personal and academic goals and to enhance their personal growth, self-care, and wellbeing here at Western and beyond. The CWC also offers Crisis Support and emergency services to current WWU students.
The Student Health Center (SHC) is Western's primary care medical clinic specializing in college health. Staffed by a team of board-certified family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and support staff, we provide an extensive array of services, including preventive and behavioral health care, management of general health concerns, treatment of illnesses and injuries, sexual health, and LGBTQ+ care. The SHC is also the department through which new students complete their proof of measles vaccination or immunity process.
The Office of Student Resilience promotes a positive and healthy collegiate experience for all students. We strive to increase mental and physical wellness while encouraging a proactive approach to healthier living.
The following additional family resources are also available to help you support your student with their continued growth and social/emotional development: